Unquestionably one of the top players in the CHSAA the past two years, it has to be considered a shock that 6’4″ guard Zack Bruno (Xaverian ’17) never saw his recruitment take off.
The MVP of the CHSAA Intersectional Championship Game as a junior, and a 21 point per game scorer in the CHSAA as a senior against some of the top teams and players in New York City, Bruno did everything that anyone could’ve asked of him but after his senior season there were no colleges there wanting him.
It had to be considered a surprise to those who watched him play that he really had no college interest as Bruno wasn’t just a great and consistent scorer, but he was a top-notch defender who could play anywhere on the floor when needed. It was incredibly frustrating for Bruno himself as he knew what he was capable of and felt like he wasn’t getting his chance.
“It was very frustrating for me,” Bruno admitted. “The past few years has been really hard mentally. I won a city championship so I had my name out there, and I was going up against guys I know I am better then who all have schools now.”
All that did though was motivate Bruno to work and push himself even harder. He began to put up 1,500 shots a day, and worked even more on his ballhandling as he wants to become a point guard going forward, believing that he has that ability to make that move, which in turn should help his recruitment.
With nothing on the horizon college wise, Bruno said that he considered Vermont Academy for a postgrad year but ultimately chose SPIRE Institute in Ohio after visiting the campus with his family in June.
“I visited there and it all worked out. I feel like they will help me get better there and that it’s the best place for me to get better and mature more mentally as well,” Bruno stated.
Bruno hopes that a year at SPIRE will help get him to where he wants to be, and believes he should be, a Division 1 campus as he knows with all his heart that he can make his name on the highest level of college basketball if just given the opportunity, an opportunity he is convinced he would make the most of.
“I am just so motivated to prove myself, and I want coaches to know that I deserve a chance. A chance is all I need.”